New Honda 2015 CRF450R

Since its introduction in 2002, the CRF450R has combined usable power with total control, defining the word 'balance' from a rider's perspective, and allowing professional and amateur racers and hobby enthusiast ...

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The CRF450R has proven itself a big hitting package at all levels, while its reliability, longevity and build quality have set the benchmark. And it has constantly evolved, every single model year since its inception has delivered updates from Honda's busy competition program around the world .In the 2015 season Honda's development engineers have chosen to make small changes that make a big difference, and the new CRF450R -out of the crate- is about as close as it's possible to get to the feel of a Factory MX1 machine.

The CRF450R's mass-centralised core and low centre of gravity reduce physical inertia with improved high-speed stability. Rake of 27.40 degrees, with trail of 114mm and wheelbase of 1,492mm gives razor-sharp turn-in and increased feel for available traction, all-up kerb weight is 111kg. The aluminum swingarm provides massive rigidity for less deflection in ruts and improved corner-exit traction.

Now in its second generation the KYB PSF2s build their advantage in directional stroke transitions from compression to rebound. Within each leg a revised ‘upright' cartridge structure with 32mm piston saves critical unsprung weight, while on the compression damping side a new design uses internally charged pressure to eliminate the sealing material. This has reduced friction by 10 percent, creating front suspension with enhanced response and feel.

Increased power and torque off the very bottom with a smoothed, linear delivery through the middle plus increased peak output and extra rpm at the top end are the net results of the engineers' development time. This gives the rider confidence to get on the gas early, pick up consistent drive on and through the turn with extra rpm up top to reduce gear changing. Adding Honda's EMSB to the mix has increased its usability further. This is a bonus for the club racer in particular, rather than set up during the week and hope for matching condition at the weekend or take a laptop to the track, the rider just has to stop with the engine at idle and press and hold the button for just under a second to select the next map in sequence.